The Emerson Resort & Spa is the ideal field trip location for teachers, students, homeschoolers and scouts looking to learn more about the Catskills, water supply systems and water ecology. Nestled in the Catskills, our 20-acre property is just two hours from New York City and sits on the banks of the famed Esopus Creek, known by many as the birthplace of American fly fishing. The waters of the Esopus flow into the Ashokan Reservoir, one of two reservoirs in New York City’s Catskill Water Supply System. Field trips to the Emerson allow students and scouts to learn more about the underwater environment of the Esopus as well as the negative effects of invasive species through a guided nature walk and video presentation. A visit to the Emerson also includes a tour of the 7-panel, 49-foot long art piece Watershed: The Flow of Time Through Place, which explores the evolution of the Catskill region and the waterways that contribute to New York City’s water supply. Students will also enjoy The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope. Standing at more than 60-feet tall and featuring three, 38-foot mirrors the Emerson Kaleidoshow is a mesmerizing experience of sight and sound.